This programme will enable you to develop specialised and detailed knowledge and skills in relation to the legal rules regulating international corporate law and corporate governance issues in the UK, as well as at a global level. You’ll investigate and apply principles and rules found in various areas of corporate law to novel problems, and real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You’ll also critically evaluate the legal rules, regulations, theories and underlying policies relating to Corporate Law.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
LLM Corporate Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Business Law and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for co-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop knowledge of the law’s impact in the wider world.
The Centre for Business Law and Practice offers a wide range of experience and expertise in a number of fields, with links to the business community through, for example, the Advisory Board, which includes practitioners amongst its members. Industry and professional speakers regularly participate in conference and seminar events, which you’re encouraged to attend.
The Centre includes amongst its members internationally renowned researchers, not only in corporate law, but in other business fields, and a number of teaching staff are qualified in the legal profession.
The compulsory modules studied will give you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues and problems in corporate finance law and securities regulation plus ideas for solution and reform; an opportunity to explore modern day and historical insolvency; and the chance to examine the role of corporate governance in the world economy.
These compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, culminating in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.
If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.
If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules in your first year. In your second year, you’ll carry out your dissertation and study two optional modules.
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of smaller group seminars and lectures, depending on the individual module. All students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, a number of one-to-one meetings and comment on draft work.
Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes, but to develop research and other critical skills.
Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.
Our graduates pursue careers in business, legal practice, the public service, or any career where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international corporate law.
Graduates have gone on to work as lawyers and compliance officers as well as working in the education sector. A number of our students also remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree comparable to an MBA in business and management.
You can choose to specialise in Commercial and Corporate Law, which is one of the most in-demand specialisations within the Postgraduate Laws programme.
This specialism is highly relevant to those working in the city of London and other financial centres and gives an in-depth understanding of laws governing business, trade, competition and financial services. There are no specific courses that you have to take. You can choose from more than 35 courses within this specialisation, which includes options in specialist and complex areas such as telecommunications law and natural resources law. Whether you want to get in-depth knowledge within your current field or develop expertise in a new area, you are likely to be able to customise your LLM to meet your specific needs.
- A study method designed for highly motivated busy professionals so you can study when and where is convenient to you, without any requirement to attend classes, submit course work or undertake dissertations.
- Becoming part of a global online community of other professionals in your field.
- Options to study over 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years.
- Gaining a world-class qualification from the internationally-renowned University of London while maintaining your professional and personal commitments.
The LLM from the University of London International Programmes has been developed by academics within Queen Mary and UCL Law departments, both of which have outstanding reputations.
“I chose the programme for its flexibility. At the same time as indulging my interest in criminal law, I could pursue my interest in human rights, for example. The quality of the programme is exceptional. I knew from the offset that it was going to be good; I didn't realise how good it was going to be.”
The University provides substantial study materials (print and web-based) to improve and aid your study experience. The programme is self-taught and you can study when you choose. Study materials include:
- A comprehensive Skills Guide.
- Textbook(s) provided for each Course and Readers for most modules to direct your reading.
- Study guides especially written and edited for distance learning purposes, usually by the author of the textbook which will be provided. These offer clear learning outcomes, key skills and self-assessment questions throughout. Sample chapters from study guides are available.
- Postgraduate Laws Student Handbook containing information about libraries and bookshops and websites.
- Regulations containing important information, such as details of the courses and specialisations available, syllabuses and assessment.
You also have access to an online student portal containing:
- Extensive online library resources.
- More than 10 legal databases including Lexis/Nexis® and Westlaw®.
- Dedicated discussion forums for each module - you'll encounter all kinds of people with perspectives from many different areas of the globe, including the legal professions, discover new ways of studying and no doubt make new friends.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Student Advice Centre.
This programme is not running in 2017/2018.
The LLM in Corporate Law is an innovative programme that aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and situate the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework.
The unique portfolio of courses offered by the programme allows students to acquire in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, financial and comparative matters covering the entire life-cycle of a corporation.
The programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of law in a corporate environment, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.
The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.
Each semester you will take 60 credits of mandatory, core and option courses.
Mandatory courses (40 credits):
Corporation Law and Economics (20 credits, semester 1)
Comparative Corporate Governance (20 credits, semester 2)
Core courses (choose 40-80 credits):
Company Law (40 credits, full year)
The Law of International Trade (40 credits, full year)
The Law of Secured Finance (20 credits, semester 1)
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, Semester 2)
Option courses (choose 0-40 credits):
International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits, semester 1) Principles of Corporate Finance Law (20 credits, semester 1)
Principles of International Tax Law (20 credits, semester 1)
EUCOTAX Wintercourse (20 credits, semester 2)
European Labour Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Insolvency Law (20 credits, semester 2)
International and European Media Law (20 credits, semester 2)
On successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of business transactions, as well as legal and financial skills that are particularly valuable to businesses, professional practices and regulatory bodies.